Friday 21 July 2017

Plans to close road for royal visit spark row

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Ian Begley

The royal visit to Glasnevin Cemetery next week has now sparked a row over traffic disruption.

Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles are set to visit the iconic Dublin cemetery as part of a visit on May 12.

However, locals have hit out at the council and the Office of Public Works (OPW) after it announced plans to close the Finglas Road N2 from 7am to 1pm.

The Irish Independent can reveal that the road will now remain open until 9am on May 12 to minimise traffic disruption.

Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles shakes hands with Sein Fein leader Gerry Adams
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles during a visit in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles and Minister Heather Humphreys in Glasnevin Cemetery
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles in Glasnevin Cemetery. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Pic Credit: Steve Humphries
Prince Charles, HRH the Prince of Wales, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny

But thousands of cars using this road after 9am will still be diverted onto already busy local roads: Prospect Avenue, Botanic Road and Old Finglas Road.

The 140 and 40 Bus routes will also be diverted.

Members of the public had four days to make a formal objection to Dublin City Council, but Cllr Paul McAuliffe said that this did not offer enough time.

"The council put up the notice on their website, giving people an opportunity to state their objections, but it really gave them no time whatsoever.

"I have no problem whatsoever with the royal visit, but at the same time people should not be discommoded in their daily lives."

Eamon O'Boyle and Associates, a consultant engineering company on behalf of the OPW, said gardaí had advised they would seek to keep the road open until 9am, subject to "exigencies".

Dublin City Council said if any objections regarding the road closure were received, they would be taken into consideration.

Irish Independent

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